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MERTHYR POLICE COURT.

Merthyr Free Libraries.

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Merthyr Free Libraries. A meeting of the Merthyr Free Libraries Committee was held on Monday night, Coun. Dd. Phillips presiding. A sub-committee recommended that the sal- aries of branch librarians from Merthyr to Aberfan be increased 2s. 6d. a week.—Coun. Dan Thomas moved that the recommendation be not granted, on the ground that the expenses of the Council were exceedingly heavy at pro- sent, and that the next rate was likely to be high. He asked whether all the district li- brarians had applied for an increase.—Mr. Biddle (Deputy Town Clerk) replied that one of the librarians applied, and the committee thought all should be treated alike.—Coun. D. J. Lewis said the branch librarians received only lis. 6d. a week.—On the motion of Coun. D. Jones, seconded by Coun. F. Pedler, the re- port was adopted. The Dowlais Librarian, who receives :£78 a year, had applied for an increase, as be had to do all the cleaning and provide materials. A sub-committee recommended that the request 00 not entertained.—Coun. Dan Thomas: In Dow- lais, there is a valuable collection of books; the others who applied are only caretakers of reading-rooms.—On the motion of Coun. W. Griffiths, seconded by Coun. W. Jones, the salary was increased 2s. 6d. a week. The same sub-committee recommended that the application of Mr. Parry, Arcade Library, for an increase, be not entertained.—It was stated that Mr. Parry was paid 25s. a week, and the Council provided the cleaners.—Coun. D. J. Lewis proposed that he be given an ad- vance of 2s. 6d. if he would forego his half-hol- iday.—Coun. Dan Thomas: You, who work eight hours a day, want to deprive a man who works 13 hours of a half-holiday.—Coun. D. J. Lewis said he certainly agreed that 13 hours a day were too many. He thought there would be no hardship if the libraries were closed at nine instead of ten o'clock.—Coun. Thomas re- plied that it would not be fair to so deprive the workmen of an opportunity of seeing the papers.—Coun. D. J. Lewis moved, and it was agreed, that the opinions of the librarians be asked for on this question. Mr. Thomas J. Evans, 42, Yew-street, Troed- yrlllw, was, on the motion of Coun. D. J. Lewis, appointed librarian at Troedyrhiw. An offer from Mr. W. J. Francis to supply a copy of the "Labour Leader," free, to the Abercanaid Library, was accepted. The reports from the librarians showed the average daily attendance to be: Penydarren, 78; Thomastown, 41; Arcade, 506; Aber- canaid, 150; Troedyrhiw, 176; Aberfan, 121; Treharris, 367. A sub-committee recommended that addi- tional radiators be placed in Treharris Library at an estimated cost of £10.-Coun. Dan Tho- mas again referred to the heavy expenditure of the Corporation, and moved that the matter be deferred until the beginning of next winter.— Coun. R. P. Rees seconded.—Coun. D. J. Lewis moved the adoption of the report, which the Mayor seconded.—It was agreed by 5 to 4 votes to defer the expense. Coun. R. P. Rees moved that the Committee give consent to tho cutting out of coupons in all "Western Mails" supplied to the libraries for Miss Annie Rees, of Dowlais, candidate for the "Mail" musical scholarship.—The Mayor seconded. He said the Council should do all they could to assist a local songstress. The motion was carried. It was stated that Miss Rees's committee would see to the collection of the coupons.

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